I’m always excited whenever I hear of success stories. That’s why today I’m taking a break away from my ongoing wordpress seo series to talk about the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women as announced by Forbes. And my attention is mostly on Lady Gaga who accidentally is the youngest in the list of 100 Most Powerful Women in the world right now!
Now, I must say I’m not much of a fan of Lady Gaga but her profile is something that really interests me. At 25 she ranks as Forbes' World #1 Most Powerful Celebrity and World #7 Most Powerful Woman! What interests me most is the fact that women like Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama did not make the list. Surprising right?
But who really is Lady Gaga?
This young lady was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta of Italian and distant French-Canadian ancestry. Born on March 28, 1986, in New York City she is the first child of Joseph Germanotta and Cynthia. The dad is an internet entrepreneur. Lady Gaga who is left-handed began learning to play the piano at aged four and went on to write her first piano ballad at 13. At age 14 she was already performing at open mike nights. Raised a Roman Catholic Lady Gaga attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart, a private all-girls Roman Catholic school from the age of 11.
At age 17 Lady Gaga gained early admission to New York University where she studied music and sharpened her songwriting skills by composing essays and analytical papers focusing on topics such as art, religion, social issues and politics. Something that shaped Lady Gaga’s career was a thesis she did on pop artists Spencer Tunick and Damien Hirst. The research in “music, art, sex and celebrity” indeed prepared her for her future career. In her own words, “Once you learn how to think about art, you can teach yourself.”
However, Lady Gaga had to withdraw from the school by the second semester of her sophomore year because she wanted to focus on her musical career. Though, this did not go down well with her father Lady Gaga took her destiny in her own hands.
“I left my entire family, got the cheapest apartment I could find, and ate shit until somebody would listen,” she once said.
I think today this young lady has made her point. Just like other successful people who choose to follow their heart no matter what others say, Lady Gaga proved that when you make your passion your driving force your dream will always turn out to be a reality!
At the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, Lady Gaga was nominated for a total of nine awards, winning the award for Best New Artist, while her single “Paparazzi” won two awards for Best Art Direction and Best Special Effects. Being celebrated among the world’s 100 most influential women today is a testimonial to her belief in herself and her abilities.
Lady Gaga: The Figures Also Speaks!
Indeed, Lady Gaga’s crown of FORBES 2011 Most Powerful Celebrity is something she deserves for has made good on this in both the dollar signs and a massive constituency. She raked in $90m over the past year. In July, Lady Gaga became the first Twitter user to reach 12 million followers, trumping teen dream Justin Bieber and President Obama. Her Facebook page has 36 million fans.
Besides, Lady Gaga has recently begun promotional deals with Google, Zynga and Gilt and is a not-so-silent financial backer in Backplane, a Silicon Valley start-up founded by her longtime manager Troy Carter. The sales of Gaga-endorsed MAC's VIVA GLAM Lipstick and Lipgloss have raised more than $202 million to fight HIV and AIDS. In the words of Beyonce, Lady Gaga is “the most talented pop star.”
Lady Gaga’s Public image
Lady Gaga is of course well-recognized for her unconventionality. The reception of her music, fashion sense and persona are always a thing of mixed feelings. Her status as a role model, trailblazer and fashion icon is something that is both spoken for and against. Her performances, though described as “highly entertaining and innovative” are most times out of the ordinary like the blood-spurting performance of “Paparazzi” at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.
I must say that her unconventionality and “provocative” performances are some of the reasons why I’m not a big fan of hers. But as Chris Rock said in defense of her flamboyant, provocative behavior: “Well, she's Lady Gaga, She's not ‘Lady Behave Yourself.' Do you want great behavior from a person named Gaga? Is this what you were expecting?”
So, Lady Gaga may not have some great behavior but she indeed has some great influence and power! Or don’t you think so?
Let's have your views on Lady Gaga's appearance in Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women list and what you think of Lady Gaga's public figure in the comments below.